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Mallya not giving up on sixth in constructors'

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Vijay Mallya: "All it takes is a podium finish that brings in a lot of points" © Sutton Images
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Force India boss Vijay Mallya is not giving up on trying to beat Sauber this year and thinks a podium is still within his team's reach.

Force India is currently seventh in the constructors' championship, but a strong race for rivals Sauber at the Italian Grand Prix means it is now 37 points adrift of sixth place. However, team principal Mallya believes it is possible to close the gap and is hoping some better luck and a couple of podiums make the difference over the remaining seven races.

"There have been various moments where they've drawn away and we seemingly can't catch them, but all it takes is a podium finish that brings in a lot of points, and if we get a couple of them, we could still chase them down," he said.

"As I've said before, we haven't had our fair share of luck yet this season. Take the case of Spa - it was probably as close as we've had to a podium finish, but once again, it was not to be. But I'm an optimist and I don't give up! It's tough, Williams are strong, Sauber are strong. And look at what's happening with Lotus. A lot of teams that were regarded as midfield teams last year are now pushing the big boys pretty hard."

Mallya said the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix is particularly important for the team and expects the car to run well there.

"In Singapore the atmosphere is brilliant. It's a night race, of course, and more significantly for me there are a lot of people of Indian origin in Singapore, so they relate a lot to Sahara Force India, which is always nice. When I was living there, Singapore was very different to what it is now. It's a lot more exciting, there are a lot more things to do, and it's a lot more tourist friendly. Singapore should be a strong race for us because the track has always suited our car."